Wednesday, July 5

This is a post from Mattie Rogers, the best female weightlifter in the U.S., and she takes a looks back at Olympic Trials from 2016. Even though she was the top female lifter at the meet, she missed making the Olympic (due to a very complicated qualifying process over the four-year period). Read what she has to say about this. Some would consider it a failure and give up. Some people will learn from the experience and work harder. She admits she hasn't posted or talked about this particular event since it happened because it was devastating, but she finally decided to talk about it. It still hurts and it probably always will, but that doesn't mean she will stop trying. I think we can all learn from this. Watch the video then read her full post below.

So I posted clips of this on my story the other day & have since received TONS of messages asking about it. It's something I never put out on my social media because frankly, I didn't want to talk about it. I'm not even sure I explained this all to my mom because talking about it sucked (sry mom). So here we are, almost 14 months later and here's the story: - - Heading into the Olympic Trials, I was ranked 2nd on the (really complicated, don't try to understand it) ranking list that compared all weight classes. Top 2 after trials would be heading to Rio, with a third spot based on past Worlds performances that had already been decided that I was not really eligible for because I had not been in the sport long enough. It came down to my final lift of the competition to try and reclaim the 2nd position after being bumped down to 3rd during the trials session. We had to take a 9kg jump to this lift. 8kg over the current American record (and over the 75kg weight class record I believe?) and if I'm being honest, only 4kg less than the most I'd ever DEADLIFTED. For other sport athletes, think about your max deadlift. Now think about trying to clean and jerk it. I simply did not have it in me that day. No excuses, no pity party, I just could not successfully lift that amount of weight on that day. Everything I had been working towards to that point was gone with that one missed lift. I sat in the stands and watched in Rio because of that one missed lift. And yeah, it absolutely crushed me. Still does. It took me MONTHS to get past that. Mentally, physically, emotionally. I'm sharing this to explain for those with questions, but more importantly to prove that yeah. Shits hard. Things don't happen as you plan. Years of sacrifice and dedication to a certain goal may not be enough. Be emotional, be pissed off, be bitter, but move past it. Use it. Learn from it. The goal is not a certain end point, but the entire journey. I'm thankful for my successes and my failures. I'm thankful for the supporters and the non believers. If you want something, fucking work for it. No excuses. And if it doesn't work out the first time... Work. Harder. #HeadDownEyesForward #EarnedNotGiven

Workout for Wednesday, July 5 8 min AMRAP 10 Thrusters (95/65) Run 400m Rest 3 min 6 min AMRAP 8 Thrusters 40 Double Unders Rest 3 min 4 min AMRAP 6 Thrusters 10 Bar Facing Burpees